1. We bring nothing with us that contributes to the preaching or the hearing of God’s promise to us.
  2. Sin, death, and Satan may have had more than a puncher's chance to beat us, but when God stepped into the ring, they should have admitted defeat and thrown in the towel.
  3. Advent is not a call to prepare to engage in a transaction with God.
  4. The Pirates of Penance part 2. In this episode, we continue to examine Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance. What happened in Florence that occasioned this sermon, and what can it teach us about church and society today?
  5. The Pirates of Penance, part 1. In this episode, we look at pre-Reformation preaching. Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance is read and discussed. What is penance, what effect did the sacrament of penance have on church and society, and what effect does it have on us at present?
  6. Jesus will strengthen and encourage us because he is true life, and life has defeated death.
  7. Satan and the old Adam don't want Jesus to bear our crosses for us because that means we can't claim that we've done anything to merit God's mercy and salvation.
  8. In God's way of doing salvation, we see Jesus crucified and risen from death. We see in Jesus God's great mercy and the depths of our selfish sinfulness.
  9. "Whom shall we fear?" We fear no one. We're not afraid of anything. Instead, we wait for the Lord with good courage. He will strengthen our hearts, as the psalmist writes (Ps 27:1).
  10. This is an excerpt from “Crucifying Religion” written by Donavon Riley (1517 Publishing, 2019).
  11. What does it take to be a Christian? Christ.
  12. The good news of Jesus Christ guides us into godly worship, not self-worship.
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